ABC Family has given a pilot order to Jeffrey Schechter’s STITCHERS. The drama revolves around a young woman who is recruited into a government agency where she’s “stitched” into the mind of a person who died to investigate murders and crimes.
Legendary TV has optioned THE EXTINCTION PARADE for a horror series. The comic book was penned by Max Brooks, the author of “World War Z” and “Zombie Survival Guide.” Brooks will write the pilot episode which pits zombies against vampires in a world where a zombie plague has decimated the human race.
BET has announced their full schedule of upcoming programming which includes THE START UP, a scripted series starring Diggy Simmons. The series focuses on what it means to be young, gifted and digital.
ABC comedy MIXOLOGY will likely be renewed for a second season. The show follows the night lives of five men and fifteen women looking for love in Manhattan. The series is executive produced by Ryan Seacrest.
HBO has decided to renew VEEP for its fourth season and SILICON VALLEY for its second. VEEP stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Vice President while SILICON VALLEY follows a group of engineers in the late 1980s.
HBO is co-producing THE CASUAL VACANCY mini-series with BBC. The series is based on the book by “Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling. The three hour series centers on an idyllic English village that isn’t what it seems.
Steven Yeun and Felicia Day are set to voice an animated adaptation of comic CHEW. The made for TV project will be directed by Jeff Krelitz and written by John Layman. The story centers on a detective who is a “cibopath,” a person who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats.
Jennifer Garner’s new drama project ALL THE PRETTY FACES is being developed by Bravo. The series will center on two families engaged in an epic, decades long feud that starts to be resolved after the death of one member of the family who is meant to be immortal.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment are developing horror franchise FRIDAY THE 13TH into an hour long series. The writer of the original film, Sean S. Cunningham, has signed on to executive produce for the series while “Terminator’s” Bill Basso and “Avatar’s” Jordu Schell have been set to pen the script.
Fox is developing event series NAZARETH about Jesus’ formative years. The series will be written by David Franzoni and executive produced by Bob Cooper.
David Schulner has signed a two year overall deal with Universal TV. He will be developing a drama series directed by Ridley Scott called PHARAOH for HBO. The series revolves around ancient Egypt and the influence of alien beings as an alternate explanation for the rise of empires.
Todd Holland and Karey Nixon have both signed overall deals at ABC Studios to develop comedy, genre and drama projects. The producing team is known for their work on “The Pro” and Matthew Perry’s “Go On.” The duo is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.
According to Martin Freeman, there may be a reprieve for SHERLOCK fans in the form of a one hour special which would air between seasons. Although a fourth season of the show has been set, it may be a year or more until we see that come to fruition. Nothing has been confirmed but Freeman seems to be up for it, so why not?